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FESTIVALS, BENEFIT HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND SHOWS

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Just when you thought the QC couldn't possibly get any more festivals this summer, they've lined up three -- and all in the same week.

CARLOTAN ROCK 2007 -- The region's only Latin rock festival is set to kick off its fourth annual event on Aug. 25. Starting at 3 p.m., the event takes place on the grounds of the Neighborhood Theatre and will feature a handful of local and regional acts -- Mexican ska band Inspector, Charlotte's Bakalao Stars and La Marea, Miami's The Monas and Winston-Salem's Baco. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show. For more information, go to www.carlotanrock.com

CIRCUS MAXIMUS -- The circus is coming to town, but it's probably not the one you're expecting. This one's full of metal -- from body piercing to the bands. The event, which takes place on at 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 23 at Amos' Southend, will feature Steel Standing, Tribe of More, Withstand, Sister Trish, Stella Kidd and guest MC The Truth. There will also be tattoo artists and body piercers, local artwork and demos by the Charlotte Roller Girls. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 on the day of the show.

RAINN BENEFIT CONCERT -- An annual benefit concert for RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Aug. 25 at The Evening Muse. The concert will feature Gary Jules, Amy Cook, The Near Misses, Mieka Pauley, April McLean and That Girl Alley. Tickets are $10. More information can be found at www.rainn.org or www.myspace.com/rainnbenefitconcert

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